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Estuaries of Australia in 2050 and beyond

Wolanski, Eric (Ed.)

2014, XVII, 292 p. 108 illus., 59 illus. in color.

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  • A synthesis of the environmental status of iconic Australian estuaries and bays by eminent Australian scientists  
  • Suggests what Australian estuaries will look like in 2050 and beyond based on socio-economic decisions that are made now, and changes that are needed to ensure sustainability  
  • Intended for researchers, practitioners, (under) graduates in all disciplines dealing with complex problems as well as methodological tools to set up truly transversal science and technology projects, such as the restoration of damaged habitats  

The book addresses the questions: Is Australia’s rapidly growing human population and economy environmentally sustainable for its estuaries and coasts? What is needed to enable sustainable development?

To answer these questions, this book reports detailed studies of 20 iconic Australian estuaries and bays by leading Australian estuarine scientists.

That knowledge is synthesised in time and space across Australia to suggest what Australian estuaries will look like in 2050 and beyond based on socio-economic decisions that are made now, and changes that are needed to ensure sustainability.

The book also has a Prologue by Mr Malcolm Fraser, former Prime Minister of Australia, which bridges environmental science, population policy and sustainability.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Australia future - Australia population - Environmental health - Estuaries of Australia - Sustainable development

Related subjects » Earth System Sciences - Ecology - Environmental Health & Public Health - Environmental Management - Global Change - Climate Change - Monitoring & Environmental Analysis

Table of contents 

1. Estuaries of Australia in 2050 and beyond - A synthesis
Eric Wolanski and Jean-Paul Ducrotoy 

PART I - Estuaries that bore the full pressure of the historical developments

2. Sydney Estuary, Australia: Geology, anthropogenic development and hydrodynamic processes/attributes
Serena B. Lee, and Gavin F. Birch 

 3. The Murray/Coorong Estuary. Meeting of the Waters?
Jochen Kämpf, and Diane Bell

4. Port Phillip Bay
Joe Sampson, Alan Easton and Manmohan Singh

5. The Tamar Estuary, Tasmania
Joanna C. Ellison and Matthew R. Sheehan 

PART II Estuaries being degraded

6. Gold Coast Broadwater: Southern Moreton Bay, Southeast Queensland (Australia)
Ryan J.K. Dunn, Nathan J. Waltham, Nathan P. Benfer, Brian A. King, Charles J. Lemckert, and Sasha Zigic

7. Hydrodynamics and sediment transport in a macro-tidal estuary: Darwin Harbour, Australia
F. P. Andutta, X. H. Wang, Li Li, and D. Williams

8. The Ord River estuary: a regulated wet-dry tropical river system
Barbara J. Robson, Peter C. Gehrke, Michele Burford, Ian T. Webster, Andy T. Revill and Duncan W. Palmer

9. South Australia’s Precious Inverse Estuaries: On the road to ruin
Jochen Kämpf

10. Turbulent Mixing and Sediment Processes in Peri-Urban Estuariesin South-East Queensland (Australia)
Hubert Chanson, Badin Gibbes, and Richard J. Brown

11. Hervey Bay and Its Estuaries
Joachim Ribbe

12. Moreton Bay and its estuaries: A sub-tropical system under pressure from rapid population growth
Badin Gibbes , Alistair Grinham1, David Neil, AndrewOlds, Paul Maxwell, Rod Connolly, Tony Weber, Nicola Udy and James Udy

13. Water resource development and high value coastal wetlands on the lower Burdekin floodplain, Australia.
Aaron M. Davis, Stephen E. Lewis, Dominique S. O’Brien , Zoë T. Bainbridge, Christie Bentley, Jochen F. Mueller and Jon E. Brodie

14. The Hawkesbury Estuary from 1950 to 2050
Peter Collis 

PART III - Estuaries that are still relatively pristine

15. Deluge Inlet, a pristine small tropical estuary in north-eastern Australia
Marcus Sheaves, Kátya Abrantes, Ross Johnston

16. The Lower Mary River and flood plains
David Williams

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